Ot­tawa’s Best Beaches

En­ter the Cap­i­tal’s Water­world

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Ot­tawa may not be a coastal city, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a beach town. From the pris­tine lakes of Gatineau Park to the ex­cite­ment of beaches on the Ot­tawa and Rideau rivers, life’s a beach in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion. Here, our look at Ot­tawaGatineau’s top beaches.

Bri­tan­nia Beach:

Come for the pic­nic ta­bles and shaded, ma­ture trees, stay to watch the wind­surf­ing at this west-end gem.

Gatineau Park:

Ca­noe and kayak rentals are avail­able at Lac La Pêche and Lac Philippe. Es­cape the beach crowds out on the open wa­ter. La Pêche is worth it for the longer, scenic drive through the park.

Lac Leamy Park Beach:

This ur­ban beach in Gatineau feels time­less — a throw­back to the Leave it to Beaver era. It’s like head­ing to “the old swim­ming hole”… only that hole is lo­cated in a 174-hectare ur­ban park.

Mooney’s Bay Beach:

This Rideau River jewel en­tices with sandy shores and pic­turesque vol­ley­ball courts that host the an­nual HOPE Vol­ley­ball Sum­mer­fest.

Parc Mous­sette Beach:

This small, sandy beach is found in west Gatineau, lo­cated just across the Ot­tawa River. The lit­tle known hide­away fea­tures a great play­ground and plenty of shade.

Petrie Is­land Beach:

Home to spell­bind­ing views of the Ot­tawa River. Work up some sweat be­fore the trip on the is­land’s seven kilo­me­tres of na­ture trails.

West­boro Beach:

The siren song of this scenic, neigh­bour­hood beach is bol­stered by live mu­sic and cold drinks on the café pa­tio.

Lac Philippe

Mooney’s Bay

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